Wednesday, April 14, 2010
My daughter says I could open a Pizza Joint-Pizza
Having four kids and having been on unbelievably tight budgets for many of their formative years...pizza became our one take out treat. Actually, when things were ABSOLUTELY unbelievably tight many years ago, I learned to make pizza, including the crust from scratch.
It might be my mind associating pizza with abject poverty...or simply the fact that you can only eat so much of some foods before they become detestable. I am really NOT fond of Pizza anymore...unless it is really authentic tasting or some modern twist with some delectable flavor combinations.
My kids' favorite, pepperoni....BLECK!!!!
(Mind you, that has never happened with chocolate or really good cheesecake!)
In spite of all of this, a couple weeks ago, I decided to pull out my 18 year old pizza crust recipe and see what the kids thought.
The verdict was: Pizza devoured, kids went to bed happy that there was no broccoli on the menu and I was able to twist up the recipe enough to make it palatable ...OK, even enjoyable to this non pizza lover.
My last few weeks have been kind of busy and I figured the kids might boycott another homemade soup, (though we have discovered some amazing new recipes), I decided tonight was a good night to make it again.
My Maria declared that she LOVED my pizza and that I could open up my own "pizza store" after tasting tonight's offerings.
Since I have no "Pizza Joint Aspirations"...I thought I'd share the simple crust recipe with Y'all.
2 1/4 C. Flour
1 1/2 Tbs instant yeast
1 Tbs Sugar
1 tsp salt
1/4 C. oil
1 C. warm water
(now for the 'Jenisms')
A generous sprinkle of both powdered garlic and Oregano...in the crust ingred.
Mix it all together in 1 bowl, I use my Kitchen Aid...it'll mix and knead in one shot.
In the early years, I mixed and kneaded by hand...both work.
Makes 1 large pizza crust.
Bake 400* on low rack until done-you'll figure it out.
No really, she likes it....so much she couldn't wait until it cooled down to eat.
Oh! and yes, that IS a paper plate!
Mark and Jonathan are working this eve. and I'd spent my lunch hour scrubbing my kitchen, SO, tonight, it's pizza and paper plates.
(no judgements please)
Mystery-man-Michael who loves to make it difficult to get good photos of his cute face.
(Debbie, if you're checking this out, look what's on the shelf behind Michael)
I know what you are all thinking..."eewww...GROSS". At one time, I was a non believer as well.
This is something My hubby has always done and EVERYONE says the same thing.
Then they hesitatingly try it....
"Oh MY WORD!
You have GOT to be Kidding Me!"
Two of my kids feel they have been jipped a little piece of Heaven if we have pizza and are out of the dressing.
As of yet, I have never led you astray in the area of tasty food....
You owe it to yourself to give it a try.
Many a teen have lept into the French Dressing Fold after having been convinced to:
"Just TRY it"